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Immunogenetic markers and diagnosing diseases

While most genetic information (in other words, DNA) is identical between humans, there are huge differences in a small part of our DNA. Some of these differences are in the genes which control our immune systems.

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Histocompatibility testing for potential donors for stem-cell transplant patients

Histocompatibility testing helps decide if we can find a suitable donor to provide stem cells for a transplant. For a transplant to be successful, it is important to find a donor whose HLA (human leucocyte antigen) type (also called tissue type) is as close as possible to the patient’s.

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Histocompatibility testing for stem-cell transplant patients

When we no longer need your samples for testing, or we have more samples than we need, the law allows us to use these anonymously for quality control (making sure our tests are working correctly), research (depending on whether this is approved by an ethics committee) or introducing new procedures, or for educating and training doctors, nurses, scientists and other professionals working in healthcare.

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Histocompatibility testing for platelet transfusion patients

When we no longer need your samples for testing, or we have more samples than we need, the law allows us to use these anonymously for quality control (making sure our tests are working correctly), research (depending on whether this is approved by an ethics committee) or introducing new procedures, or for educating and training doctors, nurses, scientists and other professionals working in healthcare.

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Histocompatibility testing for kidney transplant patients

When we no longer need your samples for testing, or we have more samples than we need, the law allows us to use these anonymously for quality control (making sure our tests are working correctly), research (depending on whether this is approved by an ethics committee) or introducing new procedures, or for educating and training doctors, nurses, scientists and other professionals working in healthcare.

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Histocompatibility testing for cardiothoracic transplant patients

Once you have had your transplant, the laboratory will store all your samples, and the donor’s samples, in case they need them for tests to help with your treatment in the future. We may ask you to provide more samples for antibody testing after the transplant, which we will use to monitor how your immune system has responded to the new organ.

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Histocompatibility testing for kidney transplant donors

We will give the crossmatch results to the transplant team caring for the patient. If the transplant goes ahead, we will store your samples in case we need to carry out further tests to help with the patient’s ongoing treatment. We may ask you to give more samples after the transplant if it looks like the patient is rejecting the kidney.

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